Job growth stops nationwide; Hawaii jobless claims rise

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The national jobless rate has risen to 9.2 percent, and Hawaii weekly jobless claims are back over 15,000.

The local level of jobless claims remains low in historic terms, but a leveling off of job growth on the mainland could limit the speed of Hawaii's tourism rebound.

The private sector added 54,000 jobs in June, but governments cut 39,000 jobs, so net job growth was 18,000 nationwide, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Friday.

Seasonally adjusted unemployment rose to 9.2 percent. The June jobless rate for Hawaii will be updated in a week or two.

Weekly jobless claims rose last week across Hawaii, cresting 15,000, including about 2,000 first-time claims, the Hawaii Department of Labor & Industrial Relations reported.

New claims rose in seven out Hawaii's eight unemployment offices, falling only in the Hilo office. Weekly claims fluctuate but have held near 15,000 for months.

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